With wins in 2nd and 4th Grade, a draw in 1st Grade, a tie in 3rd Grade, and a loss in 5th Grade, Randy Petes now sit in outright 5th position on the Club Championship ladder, just 42 points from leaders Penrith.

The 1st Grade side unfortunately bowed out of the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Competition, going down to eventual winners St George in the Sydney Sixers Conference Final on Sunday at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

 

Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup – Sydney Sixers Conference Final: RPC 7-126 vs St George 4-127

 

After losing the toss and being sent in, RPC got off to a solid start, moving to 32 in quick time before the 1st wicket fell.  From that point, Saints were able to turn the screws in the middle overs and Randy Petes were only able to post 7-126, with skipper Adam Semple (47 from 47 balls) leading the way.

 

Adam Semple

The Saints run chase started well before 3 quick wickets saw RPC in with a sniff, but the total was 10-20 short of par, as Saints took the win with 15 balls to spare for the loss of 4 wickets.

 

A great performance by the boys this season in their title defence, and it was capped off with skipper Adam Semple being selected in the Sydney Sixers Academy Squad that will be play in the Triforce Sports Super 20 League.

 

1st Grade: Penrith 9-369 (dec) vs RPC 6-262 @ Howell Oval– Match Result: Draw

 

Resuming at 1-11, RPC were on the back for early at 2-29, but Nathan Price (53) was able to steady the ship before the loss of a couple of wickets saw RPC in trouble at 5-134.  After a major thunderstorm that saw play suspended for a lengthy duration, skipper Adam Semple

Semple 100

(104 not out) was able to combine with the lower order to see RPC finish the day at 6-262 and hold on for a draw.  Semple’s century was 5th in 1st Grade, and also saw him pass 3500 runs in all Grades for RPC.

 

Nathan Price acknowledges 50

The draw sees the side undefeated this season, and are sitting in 5th position on the Belvidere Cup ladder.

 

Flight Centre MVP Points:

 

3 – Adam Semple

 

2 – Nathan Ellis

 

1 – Nathan Price

 

 

2nd Grade: Penrith 117 & 189 vs RPC 4-282 (dec) and 0-12 @ Coogee Oval– Match Result – Win on 1st Innings

 

Skipper John McLoughlin declared on the overnight total of 4-282, to give RPC a lead of 165. The Panthers 2nd innings was similar to their 1st, the Randy Petes bowling unit was again on song from the outset with Hayden McLean (3-17 from 10 overs) leading the way early, and he was well supported by Jack Preddey (3-44 from 15 overs) and Ryan Higgins (3-37 from 14 overs) to see the Riff rolled for 189 after 57 overs.

 

With just 25 required for maximum point, RPC moved easily to 0-12 from 1.4 overs before the umpires suspended play for lightning, then unfortunately the downpour that followed on an un-covered wicket saw stumps pulled with RPC just 13 runs shy of the outright win.

 

The win sees the side in 3rd position on the Abert Cup ladder.

 

Flight Centre MVP Points:

 

3 – Sam Doggett

 

2 – Ryan Higgins

 

1 – Hayden McLean

 

 

3rd Grade: RPC 8-265 (dec) vs Penrith 265 @ Bill Ball Oval – Match Result: Tie

 

With 265 of the board, RPC were on the lookout for early wickets, and they were delivered by James Tyson (2-78 from 18 overs) and Rob Huxley (3-47 from 9 overs), as the Panthers slipped to 5-72.  However, a hard hitting innings by Betros kept the Riff in the game, as he struck boundaries at will and farmed the strike.  After the rain delay, RPC were able to strike through Sam Wood (5-38 from 13 overs) to see the Panthers on the ropes at 9-228.  However, Betros was able to bring the scores level before Wood was then able to strike the number 11 in front to see the match finish in a tie.

 

The tie sees the side sitting in 17th position on the Mitchell Cup ladder.

 

Flight Centre MVP Points:

 

3 – Sam Wood

 

2 – Jack Lyle

 

1 – Kushaal Ram

 

 

4th Grade: RPC 223 vs Penrith 190 @ Petersham Oval – Match Result: Win on 1st Innings

 

With 223 on the board, early wickets were the plan, but some wayward bowling saw the Panthers move to 3-137 and seemingly cruising to victory.  However, after the rain delay, Tom Evans (5-60 from 16.3 overs) and Will Grane (4-30 from 20 overs and a direct hit run out) turned the game on its head with some inspirational bowling, to see the Riff lose 7-53 and be dismissed for 190.

 

The win sees the side sitting in 6th position on the Reid Cup ladder.

 

Flight Centre MVP Points:

 

3 – Will McGrane

 

2 – Tom Evans

 

1 – Nikki Radhakrishnan

 

 

5th Grade: Penrith 134 & 5-58 vs RPC 99 @ Rance Oval – Match Result: Loss on 1st Innings

 

Resuming at 5-79 in pursuit of 134, RPC were unable to put any partnerships together and were dismissed for 99 with only Jason McLean (40) and Lasith Fernando (22) reaching double figures.  The Panthers were again in trouble 5-58 with Nigel Singh (2-18 from 10 overs) and Sam Muir (3-38 from 10 overs) making the inroads before stumps were pulled.

 

The loss sees the side sitting in 8th position on the David Sherwood Cup ladder.

 

Flight Centre MVP Points:

 

3 – Nigel Singh

 

2 – Jason McLean

 

1 – Lasith Fernando

 

 

RPC Metro Green vs North Sydney @ Tunks Park – RPC 148 & 116 vs North Sydney 7-288 – Match Result: Loss Outright

 

North Sydney resumed their first innings 170/3 off 35 overs on day 2, RP Green bowling attack was reasonably better than Day 1 on a flat deck at Tunks park. Our inability to take the catches and sloppy fielding didn’t allow us to maintain pressure on the North Sydney batters. North Sydney made 288/7 off 66 overs and declared just before tea. Alexis Coovre, Dominic Sullivan ,Luis Siddall and Bala Mohan took a wicket apiece.

 

With a flat pitch we were confident to put up a good fight. Our opening batters couldn’t explode as the way they did in our first innings, we were 37/4 and looking at a major batting disaster. But George Frazakis and Saurov Barua brought some stability in the middle and put together a 50 runs partnership and took the score to 87/4.  George (37) and Saurov  (23) batted with lot of determination before Saurov surrendered his wicket to LBW. Our lower order batter couldn’t fire and ended up with the final score 116 all out off 35.3 overs.

Bala Mohan – Metro Green Captain

Flight Centre MVP Points:

 

3 – Alexis Coovre

 

2 – Sean Rushton

 

1 – Jeremy Jatzrab

 

 

RPC Metro Gold vs Blacktown @ Kensington Oval – RPC 130 & 1-107 vs Blacktown 9-326 – Match Result: Loss on 1st Innings

 

With Blacktown 100 runs ahead 8 wickets in hand it was a tough day when they batted on in the heat. But it did not go to plan for them as they threw some wickets away and we lifted keen to show our first weeks effort was an aberration. They lost 7-96 with Adam Lee ( 4-63) and Omair Ali (2-64) doing the damage. Young keeper Damien Sidney chipped in with a solo run out at the bowlers end. Blacktown then came at us in our second dig and were overjoyed to knock over metro’s greatest centurion George Frazakis first ball.  When the yahooing settled our two highly paid English imports Stuart Parsons (69) and Elliott Oates (30) faced the attack like only Churchill could have. First they repelled and then they exerted superiority on land and in the air. Stuart enjoyed despatching the first 2 balls of their skipper’s over into the playground area.  Then like all poms they brought the rain and that was it for the day with us 1-107 well and truly winning the second day.

 

Denis Hinds – Metro Cup Manager

 

Flight Centre MVP Points:

 

3 – Adam Lee

 

2 – Stuart Parsons

 

1 – Shimul Nath

 

 

After the completion of Round 3, the Flight Centre MVP Ladder is as per below, young gun Sam Wood has jumped to the lead with 6 points, while Nathan Price is in outright 2nd with 5 points:

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Last Name

First Name

Total Points

Wood

Sam

6

Price

Nathan A

5

Evans

Tom

4

Fernando

Lasith R

4

Higgins

Ryan

4

Jastrzab

Jeremy

4

Sprowls

Andrew

4

Stares

Nathan

4

Tsalikidis

Kyriakos

4

Balasubramaniam

Karthigan

3

Coovre

Alexis D

3

Doggett

Samuel

3

Hilder

Matthew

3

House

Edward B

3

Lee

Adam

3

Lyle

Jack

3

McGrane

Wil

3

McLoughlin

John

3

Nawaz

Rehaan

3

Preddey

Jack

3

Sams

Anthony

3

Semple

Adam

3

Singh

Nigil

3

Sullivan

Dominic

3

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